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My Story

Tom Qiao in Chiang Mai

Hey, I'm Tom Qiao - the founder of Flexibility Is Freedom - pleased to meet 'cha! πŸ˜€

I used to work 9-5 (okay, more like 9-9) as an investment analyst for a major pension plan. As an undergraduate business student, it was literally a dream come true!

So why did I quit my career and become a passive income entrepreneur? πŸ€”

Well, I had many reasons (5, to be precise) but it boiled down to this: I realized that while my bank account was going up, my "time" account was slowly ticking away. πŸ•’

It dawned upon me the irony of trading the best years of my life for money, only to end up (attempting) to trade that money back for a taste of youth again (the "midlife" crisis).

That's why I became a passive income entrepreneur - to build brandable businesses and acquire long-term assets that generate passive to semi-passive income. πŸ“ˆ

My Mission

My current mission is to build $5-10K of income from a portfolio of content websites by age 30 (around 2023). This will cover my living expenses while providing excess cash flow for personal savings and investment into new business ventures.

Since 2018, I've been building my first series of content websites - monetized primarily with affiliate marketing and to a lesser extent, display ads.

My main website is, a science-based skincare brand that was inspired by my personal experience with skin problems while growing up.

Since inception, has received 250K+ pageviews across 180K+ users and has appeared 2.4M+ times in Google and 1.4M+ times in Google Images.

Since 2021, I've started working on additional content websites as well.

For more information, check out my Income Reports where I provide "behind-the-scenes" access to my business, including my strategies for SEO, content writing, and more!

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Latest Income Reports

June 2019

Whooooooo - summer is now here! πŸ™‚ June was an incredible and memorable month. The Toronto Raptors took home the NBA Championship for the first time ever!! It's also been 1 year since I began my journey into passive income entrepreneurship. Stay tuned as I'm planning to release a 1-year reflection post soon (with video!). […]

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May 2019

Hey there, thanks for joining me at Flexibility is Freedom! This month, my authority site (The Derm Detective) started to heat up. Traffic and revenue both increased >40% month-over-month (MoM). In this post, I'll review my business results along with 3 additional topics: Featured Snippets: The Best Way to Beat High Domain Authority Competitors Content […]

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April 2019

β€œApril showers bring May flowers.” Despite the cold and gloomy weather, I've been feeling a sense of renewed energy! Spring is the season of growth and that's the key theme of this month's review. When I first started this business, I described passive income as "planting trees" in an apple orchard. It's the idea that […]

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March 2019

Thanks for tuning in to Flexibility is Freedom! This month, I earned a little pocket change from Amazon Associates which was quite motivating. I also have some preliminary data now on this business model and I discuss my findings (and an illustrative example) in the section on Key Metrics. But first, I'll recap my progress […]

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February 2019

Winter, winter, and more winter - what else is new? Actually, there is something new - I made my first commission on Amazon Associates! In This Article1 Amazon Giveth...2 ...And Amazon Taketh Away3 Why Amazon banned my account4 Business Update (8 Months)5 2. Link Building6 3. Site Speed7 A Bit of Reflection (and Next Steps) […]

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January 2019

In this month's review, I discuss: Keyword ranking My 1st link building campaign Content creation Facebook fan page In This Article1 Keyword Ranking2 Link Building3 The Results...4 Content Creation5 Facebook Fan Page6 Next Steps Keyword Ranking My authority site The Derm Detective has been up for 3 months now (28 articles completed). So how's the progress? Well, […]

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December 2018

Happy new year! Wherever you are, I hope you're spending this special time with family, friends, and loved ones. Time, above all else, is our most treasured gift. 2018 was a transformational year for me. I celebrated a quarter-century of existence (and intend to live a full century). I ended my longest-standing relationship and my […]

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November 2018

Welcome to another monthly review at Flexibility is Freedom! I've decided to break this post into two sections: Part 1 is a collection of my thoughts on affiliate marketing Part 2 is a major update on my business venture UPDATE: Part 1 is now a separate blog post. Part 2: Business Update This month, I […]

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October 2018

Welcome back to another monthly review at Flexibility is Freedom! October was a very productive month and I have lots of updates to share with you. But first, I want to go back in time a little... (don't we all sometimes?) In This Article1 A Flash from the Past2 October 2018 Highlights3 Content Creation Process4 […]

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